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Henrik Stenson ditches legendary 3 wood for Callaway GBB Epic

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Henrik Stenson has ditched his legendary 3 wood in favor of a new Callaway GBB Epic at the Dubai Desert Classic. “You’re seriously making a big deal out of a 3-wood switch,” you might be saying to yourself. In this case, absolutely.

Related: Read more about Callaway’s GBB Epic fairway woods

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For most PGA Tour players a 3-wood switch is barely a side note, but for Stenson it’s noteworthy because of how much the No. 4-ranked golfer in the world has relied on his Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3 wood throughout the years.

The Diablo Octane Tour 3 wood was produced by Callaway in 2010, giving it an estimated current value of about $24, according to the PGA Value Guide. It’s been worth millions more to Stenson, however, who has relied on it more often than his driver off the tee under the gun. With the Diablo Octane Tour (see it in the cover image), Stenson has won eight times on the European and PGA tours, including the PGA Tour’s 2013 FedEx Cup and last year’s epic showdown with Phil Mickelson in The Open Championship at Royal Troon.

To be fair, Stenson has tried several new 3 woods throughout the years, including Callaway’s XR ’16 last season, but he always seems to resort back to old faithful when he’s playing his best.

Another interesting note: Based on the photos from Dubai, Stenson’s new 3 wood appears to have a bonded-hosel design instead of the adjustable hosel used on the retail version of the GBB Epic. That gives it an appearance at address that’s more similar to the Diablo Octane Tour, which also has a bonded hosel. Stenson is also using his old shaft in the new 3 wood, a Grafalloy Blue (X-Flex).

Related: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Stenson’s 3 wood switch in our forum. 

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  1. joe

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I found a Titleist 983K with the same shaft in Stiff for $9.99 in the used bin at my local box store. Yes, I almost jumped at it and spilled the whole bucket of clubs over, and I did ask any questions, just went up and bought it, and the Titleist head was in Excellent condition, right from the first swing the thing launches long and straight!!!! Woohoo…selling a bunch of drivers on the ‘Bay now…I just bought an awesome driver for $9.99, hope to use this for 10 years.

    • jmvargas

      Jun 2, 2018 at 9:10 am

      he is still using the same shaft…as they say the shaft is the club’s engine..

  2. Dave R

    Feb 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Why Change is it like a rest?

  3. Miuralovechild

    Feb 5, 2017 at 3:51 am

    It looks like he has gone with an Oban Kiyoshi tour ltd. in his 5 wood as well as the driver. I wonder why he wont put that in his 3 wood as well. Anyone? Quality wise, consistently, and feel have to be so much better with the Oban. I’ve heard that his 3 wood shaft plays like an XXX.

  4. Good wood

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I talked to Gareth the other day. He’s done with the diablo. He’s donating it to the HOF in Sweden.

  5. Tom54

    Feb 3, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    The fact that Henrik is still using his old shaft tells you all you need to know about the switch. I’m sure the new model is better but unless it has the same feel it won’t seem to be in his mind. Probably staring at the familiar blue shaft is all he needs

  6. M.S.

    Feb 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    It’s temporary only. Henrik stated this to the main Swedish golf site:
    -“…Most likely the Diablo is back when I get home, this new one is OK but I do know where I have Old Faithful….” (my translation)
    The truth is that during practice the face on the Diablo caved in, and without a spare head the Epic had to suffice.

  7. StillBoard

    Feb 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    And not once did you mention his Olympic medal.

  8. larry fox

    Feb 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I Love seeing you guys go at it! Such passion

  9. Mike

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

    You can still get the Grafalloy blue pro launch from Sweden, I’ve got 3, one in my 9 degree GBB driver and the other two in the 3 & 5 woods, there bloody good at getting it up there, and a nice feel to boot.

    • TR1PTIK

      Feb 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Unless they’re simply named differently overseas, the Pro Launch is not the same shaft. There was only one Grafalloy Blue when it was originally released and it looks exactly as pictured. They later did a re-release of the Blue with a white shaft and Blue badge. They also released two Pro-Launch versions – a Red and a Blue.

    • jgpl001

      Feb 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Feel?

      One thing the Grafalloy Blue doesn’t have is feel, it’s a stout, solid lump, it just bombs the ball low with low spin, excellent if you have th SS though…I did 10 years ago and loved it then

      • TR1PTIK

        Feb 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        If he’s talking about the Pro Launch version I’d agree that it does have decent feel. Until the middle of last season, I gamed the original Blue and it absolutely was a board. If I could have controlled the clubface better I would have stayed with it though because I could definitely hit some bombs (my version of bombs anyway).

      • indyvic

        Feb 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm

        I bought the original from a reputable Golf Store on the advice of the club fitter and had it installed in my driver. Took it to the range, never felt a thing. Took it back within an hour. jgpl001 is correct “if you have the swing speed.”

      • Ommmmmm

        Feb 4, 2017 at 3:19 am

        It’s the best shaft ever made, perfect feel and load, stiff as a telephone pole, you can rip it without it ever moving. Only the strong need to use it. I love it

  10. DAVID NATHAN WEEKS

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

    The diablo will be back soon enough.

    • Scott

      Feb 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      This. I’d bet good money that by the Masters he has the Diablo back in the bag, and is right now willing to try the Epic as part of his contract to help Callaway move product.

  11. BooBunkie

    Feb 3, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Well, that 3 wood may not make it to The Mahztaz, and neither will Eldrick! Dude just bailed on the tourney in Do Buy! Sheesh, his walking yesterday looked painful. Well, whata’ya think, is that a
    wrap for 2017?

  12. MBA-J

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    “Legendary?” Strong language for a dude with one major and eight total wins. The overemphasis of marginal accomplishments have turned various sports halls of fame into “halls of ‘very good.'”

    • Alvaro

      Feb 3, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Well, when you have made almost 40M$ playing golf, won The Open, 19 professional wins, The FedEx Cup, The Race to Dubai twice while hitting 3w 80% of the time and sometimes outdriving peers hitting a drive, you can consider that a legendary 3 wood, yes.

    • TR1PTIK

      Feb 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

      You obviously only watch the PGA Tour. I feel sorry for you…

  13. S Hitter

    Feb 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Same shaft though, eh? lol can’t get rid of that shaft

  14. Dill Pickleson

    Feb 2, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    god help us.

  15. The dude

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    When is it not considered a 3 wood…..since his “3 wood” is said to be ~ 12deg…

    • Jim

      Feb 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Exactly – for some reason we speak of woods only in odd numbers these days …1,3,5, etc. Historically a 12 degree club would have been a 2 wood; more recently a “strong 3”.

      • McPickens

        Feb 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

        wouldn’t that be more like a “spoon” or a “brassie”? I also do not like the odd numbers only. I currently game a 16 deg. fairway wood. I would call it a 4 wood, but no, today that would be a 3 wood HL.

  16. BooBunkie

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    We’ll see if the 3 wood makes it to the Mahztaz!!

  17. Branson Reynolds

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    This is why i like when guys don’t have equipment contracts. I like to see what they actually like to play with.

    • Golfer

      Feb 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      He does have a contract…

      • S Hitter

        Feb 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

        lol yeah isn’t he with Callaway?

        • Branson Reynolds

          Feb 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

          Damn fellas, give me the benefit of the doubt on being a complete moron. I was saying that Stenson switching from the ol’ trusty to the latest and greatest($$$) is why i like no equipment contracts. I like to see what people actually want to use, not what they get paid to use.

    • Crash Test Dummy

      Feb 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      He probably doesn’t have a shaft contract with Grafalloy. The Grafalloy Blue is a really interesting choice because it is a pretty old shaft. It is a good shaft though. I think if he had a shaft contract, he would probably be using one of the new premium shafts.

  18. westphi

    Feb 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    We’ll see if it stays. One tournament is hardly a “commitment.”

  19. jgpl001

    Feb 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Totally agree

    If he keeps it the bag it would be a massive endorsement – I might even get one

    His 3 wood is as important as an arm or a finger to him

  20. Golfraven

    Feb 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Epic fail!

  21. Kevin B

    Feb 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    When you find that one 3-wood you can hit no matter what, you keep it! I am upset I made that mistake many years ago and thought, newer was better. I have now found one that I think I can keep until it breaks, an 07 burner 3W.

    • 3 metal stinger

      Feb 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks for letting us know. Jk no one cares, hold this L again

      • Kevin B

        Feb 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

        Thanks.

        • 3 metal stinger

          Feb 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm

          L

          • Kevin B

            Feb 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

            Thanks again, but I think the only person taking an “L” as you call it, is yourself. What grown man follows around another man on a golf forum, to troll? I think its hilarious so I hope you keep them coming, but I really wonder how pathetic your life must be. Anyways, thanks again for the laugh!

      • Tony Rich

        Feb 3, 2017 at 12:52 am

        You’re a waste a space 3 metal….he loves his 3W, I love my Titleist PT 13*, the one Tiger could played and could use right now. Got to TMZ if you want to be tough.

  22. Juan

    Feb 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The Epic fairways haven’t been getting nearly the level of buzz as the drivers, but if Stenson sticks with this one, that’ll be a pretty solid endorsement.

  23. Branson Reynolds

    Feb 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    There’s a small handful of people in the world that find this interesting, and that’s why I love golfwrx. Because they’re all here.

  24. Progolfer

    Feb 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    They’re either paying him through the nose to play it, or he’s getting driver-like numbers out of it. Either way, I wouldn’t doubt seeing his trusty rusty back in the bag before Augusta…

    • TR1PTIK

      Feb 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      While I’m sure there’s stock lying around somewhere in a corner at Callaway HQ, you’ll notice that the shaft he has bonded to the Epic is the older (original) version of the Grafalloy Blue which makes me wonder if he didn’t actually pull the shaft from his Diablo Octane.

      • WilCox

        Feb 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

        No, Stenson liked the original Blue so much that he stashed some away when Grafalloy moved on to the newer versions. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Diablo back in the bag at Augusta.

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